Astros Jeff Bagwell Featured on Hand-Painted Baseball Glove

Hall of Famer Bagwell Receives Glove Artwork

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I recently had the honor of being asked to create a one-of-a-kind painting as a special gift for 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Bagwell.

One of Bagwell's close friends commissioned this painted glove, which was given to him this week to coincide with his induction festivities in Cooperstown.

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Jeff with his hand-painted baseball glove.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rawlings Mitt as Canvas for Bagwell Art

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The painting is on a new Rawlings first base mitt, the Pro JB5 model, named for Bagwell.

The glove was made expressly for this project and has his name stitched on it. (Somewhat reminiscent to the Ryan Howard glove painted for the Phillies last year.)

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Bagwell Painted Glove Design

With a 15-year baseball career full of milestones, a big challenge was deciding how to best use the space on the mitt to organize all of the info necessary to convey Bagwell's MLB achievements.

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Pouring over the graphic elements relating to Bagwell's time with the Astros from 1991 to 2005, I decided the star element and his uniform number 5 -- along with his iconic batting stance that the client requested -- would be the key anchors of the design.

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The Astros color palette of burgundy and black towards the end of Bagwell's career seems to best compliment the glove's black and tan appearance.

Bagwell Batting Portrait

Since the person being depicted is also the recipient of this painting, getting Bagwell's likeness as close as possible was key and the biggest challenge.

(The fabric held in place by masking tape covers areas of the glove I've already painted, keeping those parts protected from sweaty hands and fingers that might (probably!) have paint on them.)

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Even though the portrait is only about the size of my thumb, there's no mistaking which "Killer B" is up to bat.

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The painting is created using acrylic paints and varnishes -- and many fine-tipped brushes.

Hand-Lettered Awards and Stats

The glove is hand-lettered with highlights of Bagwell's many awards, including 1991 NL Rookie of the Year, 1994 National League MVP, 4-time All-Star, Gold Glove winner, and 1994 Player of the Year Award.

I used the Astros uniform font as the basis for my hand-lettered type with some artistic license, including italicizing/tilting it a bit.

A few career statistics totals are listed on the thumb side of the glove: Batting average .297, Hits 2,314, Home Runs 449, RBI 1,529 and Fielding .993 .

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Recognizing Bagwell's close relationship with Darryl Kile, the client requested that the design include a reference to the "DK 57" memorial patch that was worn on uniforms upon Kile's death in 2002.

Design Details on Bagwell Baseball Glove Art

While not a member of the Astros during the prime 'Tequila Sunrise' uniform days (more about this at Uni-watch.com -- external link), the iconic red/orange/yellow rainbow is so linked to the visual identity of the Houston franchise, I wanted to be sure to reference it on the painting -- especially as Bagwell played his entire career with the team.

Bagwell is synonymous with wearing number 5 in Houston and the Astros retired his number in 2007. Taking design cues from the glove's design, the web lends itself ideally as placement for a number 5.

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A reference to the Astros 2005 NL Championship and Bagwell's appearance in the World Series is placed in the webbing as well.

Lastly, once painted and a light matte finish is applied to protect the work, the first base mitt is displayed on a museum stand.

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Hopefully this artwork will be a cherished keepsake enjoyed by Jeff and his family for many years to come!

This Glove art is sold.

It's among nearly two-dozen painted gloves created over the years that have been collected into this portfolio book, "Sean Kane Baseball Art", Available HERE.

Sean Kane Baseball Art: Paintings of Ballpark Heroes on Classic Baseball Gloves

Sean Kane Baseball Art: Paintings of Ballpark Heroes on Classic Baseball Gloves

Commissioning Custom Glove Art

If you'd like to learn more about commissioning a custom painted glove for yourself or as a gift, you can learn more here and contact me for more information.

Sean Kane's painted baseball glove art is in the permanent collection of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, The National Pastime Museum and is in private collections across the U.S.

His clients include the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers Fantasy Camp.

Sean's glove paintings have been featured on ESPN.com, NBC Sports.com, and MLB Network Radio and have recognized by the National Art Museum of Sport.

Sean has been a professional artist for over 20 years and a baseball fan since he was old enough to wear his dad's childhood mitt.

Lou Gehrig Baseball Glove Painting

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"The Iron Horse" Featured on a Vintage First Base Mitt

The Pride of the Yankees, Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig is portrayed on this vintage baseball glove painted by artist Sean Kane.

  • Original acrylic painting on late 1920s-early '30s baseball glove
  • First base mitt is approximately 7.5 inches x 8.5 inches
  • Displayed in leather-wrapped wood frame, outside dimensions 12 x 13 inches
  • Hand-painted portrait and lettering highlighting Gehrig's career

This painting has been sold.

For questions about other artwork and creating new custom glove paintings, I'd be happy to talk with you. Please phone 519-836-5647 or email sean@seankane.com

Yankees Great Lou Gehrig

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Gehrig is celebrated with this hand-painted depiction on a mitt from the era in which he helped the Bronx Bombers win six World Series championships.

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The Iron Horse's 2130 consecutive games streak is noted as are his 1927 and 1936 MVP seasons.

Gehrig helped lead the Yankees to World Championships in 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937 and 1938, which is hand-lettered on the ribbon under his name.

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The buckle-back, paneled mitt is for a left-handed thrower, like Gehrig.

The mitt is from the late '20s - early '30s era.

Pictured below is Gehrig's 1928 R315 baseball card showing him wearing a glove similar in style to the one used for this painting.

 

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The inspirational Gehrig played for the Yankees from 1923 until 1939, when he was forced to retire at age 36 due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), now commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

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Gehrig was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939 after a career that included 493 home runs, 1995 RBIs, and a career .340 batting average.  And his fielding percentage at first base was .991, all the more reason to depict him on a mitt!

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The frame is made in Italy, angus waxed-leather finish in dutch black. The glove is wire-mounted with a cloth mat. Handsome and classic, ideally complimenting the glove artwork.

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Ideal centerpiece for an office or man-cave centerpiece, this baseball keepsake is sure to be a conversation-starter.

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This Glove art is sold.

It's among nearly two-dozen painted gloves created over the years that have been collected into this portfolio book, "Sean Kane Baseball Art", Available HERE.

 

Sean Kane Baseball Art: Paintings of Ballpark Heroes on Classic Baseball Gloves

Sean Kane Baseball Art: Paintings of Ballpark Heroes on Classic Baseball Gloves

While this painting has been sold, questions and inquiries about available and custom glove art are welcomed. Contact via Email or by phone at 519-836.5647 to make purchase and shipping arrangements.

Sean Kane's baseball glove art is in the collection of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and is part of the "Chasing Dreams" exhibit at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. Sean was recognized as “Artist of the Month” by the National Art Museum of Sport. His work has been commissioned by the Philadelphia Phillies and The National Pastime Museum.

Inquires about paintings and commissioning glove artworks are welcome. Please contact sean@seankane.com or telephone 519-836-5647.

Baseball Glove Art Featuring Eddie Murray

First Base Mitt turned into Painting of Hall of Famer Eddie Murray

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"Steady Eddie" portrayed with career stats and milestones on Wilson A2800 glove.

• This painted glove has been sold. - Inquire about commissioning a Painted Glove •

The detailed painting of Murray depicts him in his iconic batting stance, hat under helmet, wearing number 33 for the Baltimore Orioles.

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He was a pivotal member of the 1983 Orioles team that became World Series Champions. Murray also played for the Dodgers, Mets, Indians and Angels.

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Intricate hand-lettering highlights awards and stats from Murray's career.

The 1977 American League Rookie of the Year, Eddie Murray was also an 8-time All-Star and 3-time Gold Glove winner.

Murray is a member of the 3000 hits/500 home run club, with 3255 hits and 504 HRs along with 1917 RBIs in his career.

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Eddie Murray was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 2003.

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The mitt is a Wilson A2800 Dual Hinge, Pro-Back model from the 1980s, about 11 inches by 10.5 inches.

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It was a particularly difficult glove model to find, but worth the effort as it personally connects to Murray's time in the game.

Photo research suggests that he used this style of glove during his years in Baltimore and Los Angeles.

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This Painted Glove of Murray was commissioned by an individual collector and sits displayed on a museum stand.

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Similar kinds of baseball glove artworks can be custom-created for you -- on a glove you already own or one that is sourced specifically for a painting.

Questions and inquiries are welcomed. Contact via Email or by phone at 519-836.5647.

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This Glove art is sold.

It's among nearly two-dozen painted gloves created over the years that have been collected into this portfolio book, "Sean Kane Baseball Art", Available HERE.

Sean Kane Baseball Art: Paintings of Ballpark Heroes on Classic Baseball Gloves

Sean Kane Baseball Art: Paintings of Ballpark Heroes on Classic Baseball Gloves

Interested in a baseball glove painting? I can create custom glove art.  Just Let Me Know.

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Sean Kane's baseball glove art has been commissioned by the Philadelphia Phillies, is in the collection of The National Pastime Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and private collections across the country.  Sean was recognized as “Artist of the Month” by the National Art Museum of Sport.

Hank Greenberg Baseball Glove Painting

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Two-sided, One-of-a-Kind Baseball Artwork Featuring Hank Greenberg

  • Approximately 9"w x 12"h (23cm x 30cm)
  • Original acrylic painting on classic leather baseball glove from Greenberg's era
  • Hand-painted portrait and lettering highlights player's awards and career milestones
  • Arrives with display stand in handsome archival box ready for gift giving.
  • For gifts, a card with your personalized message can be included
  • Created with top quality materials to protect its longevity and lifetime of enjoyment

 -- This Painting Has Been Sold --

For questions about custom glove art for your collection or giving it as a gift, please get in touch.

Phone 519-836-5647 or email sean@seankane.com

Greenberg Glove Art is currently on display in 'Chasing Dreams' exhibit at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art.  Info >

Greenberg Glove Art is currently on display in 'Chasing Dreams' exhibit at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. Info >

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Glove includes museum display stand, as shown here on view at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art.

This hand-painted baseball glove features Hall of Fame slugger Hank Greenberg and highlights from his career during baseball's Golden Age.

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A two-time MVP (1935 and 1940), Greenberg famously chased Babe Ruth's single season home run record in 1938, ending the season with 58 round-trippers. (And he won the MVP's at two different positions, First Baseman and Left Fielder.)

The front side features a hand-painted portrait of Hank. The portrait is about four inches high, painted with professional artist-grade acrylic paint. The paint on the glove is sealed with an acrylic matte finish.

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The front also references Hank Greenberg's time with the Detroit Tigers, 1930-1946, and Pittsburgh Pirates, 1947. He became the first player paid $100,000 when he was dealt to the Pirates.

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One of the great power hitters in baseball history, "Hammerin' Hank" pounded 183 RBI in 1937 and had seven 100+ RBI seasons in his career.

The 5-time All-Star Greenberg was America's first Jewish baseball star. He famously chose to play on Rosh Hashanah in 1934, helping the Detroit Tigers in their pursuit of the pennant, but chose not to play on Yom Kippur that same year.

The back side of the firstbase mitt features a painting of Hammerin' Hank at bat and a few of his career stats are highlighted. 1276 RBI in 1394 games (a higher RBI to games ratio than Babe Ruth) and 331 HR. Plus, all this run production while hitting for average with a lifetime total .313 avg.

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Hank Greenberg served 45 months military service during World War II, the longest enlistment of any major league player, missing all or part of five big league seasons.

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Greenberg appeared in four World Series with the Tigers, winning championships in 1935 and 1945 while hitting a combined .318 in postseason.

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The vintage glove used for this artwork is a 1930's Reach model 275.  This first baseman mitt is about 8.5 inches wide by 12 inches tall.

This art is sure to spark lots of great baseball memories and will be enjoyed for years to come.

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-- This keepsake glove art of Hank Greenberg has been sold. --

Please email me at sean@seankane.com or call 519-836-5647 to discuss commissioning a completely new and different painting of Hammerin' Hank.

Sean Kane's baseball glove art is in the collection of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and is part of the "Chasing Dreams" exhibit at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. Sean was recognized as “Artist of the Month” by the National Art Museum of Sport. His work has been commissioned by the Philadelphia Phillies and The National Pastime Museum.